Can the Japanese make espresso? In a country so committed to tea with a choreographed ceremony that considers every movement and gesture – can there be a place for the art and science of Italian caffe? Surprisingly Japan is considered to be one of the largest consumers of coffee in the world with a passion and love for coffee that is spreading more and more.
エスプレッソ , the Japanese word for espresso, is becoming so popular it’s not uncommon to see coffee shops and espresso bars amid the neon and buzz of Tokyo and the shrines and temples of Kyoto. Although the Japanese coffee culture may be in its embryonic stages, like a chrysalis waiting to become a butterfly the Japanese are embracing a new way of thinking about coffee and steamed milk.
With creative methods of brewing as ceremonial as any tea ritual, the Japanese style of making and drinking coffee is reflected in the Hario syphon coffee system. Not quite the la bella vita crema of espresso but made well enough to transport you to a zen-like state of coffee satisfaction.
Known for making high quality heat-resistant glass, this Japanese company has been manufacturing glassware since 1921. With systems and vessels that look like beakers in a chemistry lab yet combined form visual works of art, Hario’s coffee (and tea) brewing systems produce a rich bodied flavorful drink with precision and beauty.